Sounding good, but I still hear that inner voice telling you you want to keep the damsels. Take the damsels back (c'mon, you can do it
), read from the "Articles" section at this site on fishless cycling, get one medium size grocery store shrimp, and get your test kit.
And one more investment - Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist" - also available in the "Library" section at this site. Just ignore his very old school ideas about cycling with damsels
-- - book was written some time ago.
In the 4 weeks or so it'll take to cycle the tank, you'll have read the book and allowed us to help you better. You'll be on your way then to that show tank. I commend you for wanting to take care of it yourself - as opposed to paying a pro to come in. Just gotta learn a bit more to have the best chance for success.
All that said, It sounds like like I'm losing my earlier bet. 8) OK with me. If you'd like to send me a PM from time to time, I'm available to help - since it really does sound like you're coming around now.
I may ask that we take some of those PMs to the main boards so others can learn too when we can. We'll play it by ear.
I forgot, you got rock in there yet? If not, it'd be a good time to have it in there while cycling. Gotta get that test kit. Don't do the dip strips IMO